DIY Stationery for Valentine’s Day

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

It’s super fun and easy to make your own handmade stationery for Valentine’s Day. Here are three simple techniques for folding ordinary copy paper into an origami envelope, making heart-shaped stamps and stickers, and creating glue from sweet-smelling gummy bears. Let’s get started!

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

How To Make The Stamps

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

What You Need

  • Copy Paper A4, white or colored
  • Pencils with rubber erasers
  • Lint roller
  • Baker’s twine
  • Ink pads: red, orange, blue, and green
  • Bottle caps and craft foam for the heart-shaped stamps
  • Heart-shaped stamp pen

Note: If you’re making these with young children, it’s best to use washable ink or watercolors.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Step 1
Ink the pencil erasers and make dots all over the paper. Use at least two different colors. Let it dry.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Step 2
To make the stamps, use bottle caps and craft foam and follow my tutorial for making holiday stamps. Instead of cutting tree shapes, make hearts. It’s best to plan on making these the day before, so that the glue has time to dry.

Ink the heart-shaped stamps with red and orange ink and press all over a piece of paper.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Step 3
Stick the baker’s twine to the lint roller in the shape of two dinosaurs. Ink the twine and roll it over the paper. Tip: If you only cover half of the lint roller with your shapes, add a line of twine around the top of the roller to keep the adhesive from sticking to the paper.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Let the paper dry.

How To Fold An Origami Envelope

How to fold an origami envelope

It’s easy to fold origami envelope with A4 copy paper. Just follow the photograph above.

  1. Fold the paper in half horizontally and crease. Unfold.
  2. Fold the top-left corner down to meet the crease. Fold the bottom-right corner up to meet the crease.
  3. Fold the left and right sides to meet the edges of the first folds.
  4. Fold the two corners inward so that they meet in the middle.
  5. Open up your envelope to write a note.
  6. Close it again by tucking the corners under the flaps at the edges.
DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Turn it over and address your letter!

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

The envelope itself can be your letter with your valentine’s note written inside. Or cut a small card to fit in, if you like. If you decide to fill it with some sweets, cover the gap with stickers or tape or add a small piece of paper on top of the candy.

How To Make The Stickers

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

What You Need

  • Copy paper, A4 and white
  • Colored paper
  • Black marker
  • 5 to 6 gummy bears*
  • Small glass and a brush
  • Small pan with water
  • Ink pads, red and orange
  • Heart-shaped stamps made from bottle caps and craft foam (see above)
  • Heart-shaped stamp pen
  • Heart-shaped hole punch
  • Scissors

* Vegans: Use pectin or seaweed extracts with sugar and your favorite flavoring instead of the gummy bears.

Step 1
Design your own stickers by drawing or stamping a lot of hearts on the paper. Draw some funny faces or animals.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Step 2
Heat the gummy bears carefully on low heat in a small glass inside a pan with a bit of water. The bears should melt after 5 minutes, then you’ve got a perfect gelatin glue. You could use the microwave too.

Step 3
Brush the glue over the backside of the paper. If the glue starts to get jelly-like again, just reheat it. Let it dry until it’s not sticky anymore (about 6 hours).

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Step 4
Cut the stickers and stamps and decorate your valentine’s envelope with them. Punch some hearts from colored paper too.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Use a small envelope to hold the stickers.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Your Valentine’s Day stationery is ready for you to use or to give as a sweet gift!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

5 Comments

  • February 5, 2014

    Taryn Elise

    Ohh, those envelopes are just too cute! Thank you so much for sharing!

    I might have to give them a go! :)

    – Taryn Elise xx
    blog.sugarpushcakes.com

  • February 6, 2014

    Erin

    I like everything about this!

  • February 11, 2014

    Gina

    Natalie, love these! Great project that I can truly imagine all of our kids doing and something they all would love to receive!

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